One of the seven candidates aspiring to take over the position of the Prosecutor General (PG) has been disqualified.
With public interviews, which began yesterday, ending in the early hours of today, Mr Peter Mufunda was disqualified by a panel of seven commissioners from the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), led by the Chief Justice Luke Malaba.
Within five minutes of sitting before the panel, Mr Mufunda was given the marching orders on the grounds that he lacked experience as a legal practitioner to participate in the interviews for the important position of the Prosecutor General.
In terms of the constitution, candidates must have at least 10 years experience.
Mr Mufunda’s aspirations to compete with other candidates who had around 20 years of experience were cut short as he was sent back home at the 11th hour.
As the interviews progressed midnight, some candidates were spared humiliation as the gallery was almost empty.
Mrs Florence Ziyambi was the last person to be interviewed and was quizzed on the in fights within the office of the Prosecutor General and her participation in nailing the then Attorney General Gula Ndebele and the former Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana.
The JSC confirmed that they have completed the interviews and in terms of the constitution, the JSC is now expected to forward the names of the three successful candidates for consideration by the executive.
It is also important to note that the constitution is silent about the minimum mark of the successful candidates, an indication that even candidates who passed with marginal marks will be considered successful.